Compression specialist 2XU has engineered its Light Speed tights to minimise muscle fatigue and maximise recovery…

2XU Light Speed Compression Tights 


£100 / 


  • Excellent compression 
  • Lots of pockets


  • Occasional crotch drop 
  • Difficult to get on and off

Comfort: 4/5
Compression: 5/5
Sweat-wicking: 4/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5 

2XU specialises in compression gear and it shows. Its full-length Light Speed tights feature proper medical-grade, graduated compression that’s designed to boost blood flow to your quads and calves, and reduce muscle movement, damage and fatigue during runs.  They’re ideal for wearing underneath shorts or even the best sweatpants on colder days.

As soon as you put the Light Speed tights on you can immediately feel the difference. They have a much tighter fit than most compression tights we’ve tested, and need more tugging on and off. To make sure they stay put during runs, you have to pay more attention to positioning them correctly when you first pull them on.

When we didn’t, we noticed a bit of crotch drop that needed mid-run readjustment. But once they’re in place, the 360-degree flex fabric feels like a suit of armour that offers support, warmth and a feeling of protection.  

A narrow, soft-fabric waistband sits comfortably against the skin and the adjustable drawstring means you can tweak the fit. Flatlock seams in the gusset cut the chafe risk while taped elasticated ankle cuffs keep the legs securely fitted and free of potential drafts.    

There are three rear waistband pockets to beef up your storage options. One small zippered pocket is just about big enough for keys and a bank card. Another larger stretch pocket will swallow a larger smartphone and keep it secure without any annoying bounce.

There’s also a handy hole to run a headphone cable, if you’re still using wired. That phone pocket can double as a stash for gels and bars, while a final stretch pocket is also big enough to squeeze in two carb gels. 

Finally, there’s some reflective detailing on the upper thigh for added night running safety, but because of its positioning you’ll only benefit if you’re a tights-without-shorts kinda guy.